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At a tender age of 10 months, Timber, an 80-pound Dane-mastiff mix, has witnessed the worst of a large city shelter. He is scared and skinny.

Behind his shyness is a sweet, playful youngster who needs an experienced hand to give him confidence and to show him that there is love in this world. He will probably be good with other dogs that do not overwhelm him. He is not tested with cats.

For now, we recommend a home with adults so he can learn to trust at his own pace. Timber is neutered, current on vaccines, micro-chipped and on heartworm preventative.

For more information, call the Animal Rescue Network of New England Inc. shelter at 603-635-2211 or fill out an application at www.arnne.org. Meetings are not arranged until we have an application in hand to see if the applicant and dog are compatible.